Bündchen was born in the southern Brazilian village of Horizontina on July 20, 1980. She comes from a large, loving family that she tries to visit as often as she can despite her busy schedule. Bündchen originally trained to be a professional volleyball player but opted for modeling instead, after she was discovered by a scout at age 14 while on a school trip to Rio.
Bündchen has been modeling in New York since 1996, and she is arguably the most popular model in the world. She has been the face of a variety of advertising campaigns, including several seasons of Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Versace, Céline, Givenchy, Bulgari, Lanvin, Guerlain, Ralph Lauren, and Polo Jeans. Gisele has also signed with the world's leading lingerie brand, Victoria's Secret. Her multi-year contract includes television and print campaigns for lingerie, beauty, and hosiery. Gisele can currently be seen in campaigns for Earl Jeans and Dior.
She has had the opportunity to work with the industry's most talented photographers: Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, Steven Klein, Craig McDean, Michael Thompson, Mert & Marcus, Inez & Vinoodth, Alex Cayley, Solve Sundsbo, Regan Cameron, Phil Poynter, Corrine Day, Gilles Bensimon, and Patrick Demachelier.
Bündchen has graced the covers of countless magazines, fashion and mainstream alike. Vogue (American, Italian, British, French), W, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Allure, Numero, PoP, i-D, The Face, Rolling Stone, 10, and most recently Time's Spring 2004 Style and Design issue.
Not only is Bündchen an incredible model, she is also a savvy businesswoman. She is the face and the brains behind Epanema, her own brand of women's foot apparel targeting the Brazilian and worldwide markets.
Bündchen designed a limited edition necklace for Harper's Bazaar, crafted by jewelers Gumuchian Fils, which is being sold to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital, which specializes in cancer treatment. Since her mother died of cancer when she was a child, it is a cause that is very close to her heart. Gisele also serves as the spokesperson and campaign model for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.
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Gisele Bündchen Facts
|Birth Name||Gisele Carolina Bündchen|
|Birthday||July 20, 1980 (41)|
|Birthplace||Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil|
|Height||5' 11" (1m80) How tall is Gisele Bündchen compared to you?|